I have a massive spot on my chin at the moment. Huge, red, possibly with multiple heads, it’s as fascinating to me as it is repulsive.

 

In the grand scheme of things, of course, it’s nothing. Except for me, a pimple is never just a pimple; it’s a project. It’s all I can think about. I can’t stop touching it, wondering when my self-control will inevitably go. It could be after a glass of wine, or while writing this very article. The moment will come when I will burst if I don’t squeeze it.

 

So far, so familiar? Who hasn’t been tempted to pop the odd pimple every now and again?

 

But this isn’t where it ends for me – it’s where it begins. Because I’m one of an increasing number of people struggling with body-focused repetitive behaviours (BFRB).

 

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